Day trip to the Vallée Blanche
Day 1 Discovery of the Vallée Blanche
We meet early in the morning at the bottom of the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The guide will verify our personal equipment and give us a safety pack each before going to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, at 3842m high. Around 30 minutes later, we will discover one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Alps. From Mont Blanc to the Aiguille Verte, crossing the Grandes Jorasses and the Dent du Géant, the highest summits of the massif seem within easy reach.
After taking time to contemplate them, we descend on the Aiguille du Midi ridge roped up before putting our skis on to start descending on the classic itinerary of the Vallée Blanche. The difficulty is intensive and the path passes right next to prestigious walls like the Gervasutti at the Mont Blanc du Tacul.
During our descent, the guide will be in front of you and will indicate passages at a correct distance from crevices. The passageway the Géant's seracs requires to be focused and to follow the guide's instructions before reaching the "Salle à Manger" where we'll have a lunch break and drink a hot tea!
The final descent will take place on the Mer de Glace. If snowing conditions don't allow us to take this route, we'll hop on the Montenvers train which will get us back to our starting point. Our fabulous day end in Chamonix, where we'll say goodbye.
Denivelation+ : 100m | Denivelation- : 2800m | Altitude Max : 3842m | Accomodation : Hôtel ou guesthouse
Dates & prices
Departures for French-speaking groups:
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Trip code: SVBC
- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
- Collective equipment provided (ropes)
- Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel
- Individual ski material : shoes, ski, poles
- Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc ..
- All the drinks and personal expenses in refuges
- Insurance and assistance
- The Aiguille du Midi cable car and the descent on the Montenvers train ( if there isn't enough snow to descend on skis from the Mer de Glace to Chamonix)
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes"
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 45 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 20 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation between 44 and 15 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 50 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 14 days before the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 100 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
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- Plan to bring a picnic as well as some snacks according to your tastes (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc...).
- Bring a 1L water bootle
- A tea thermos slightly sugared is always much appreciated (ideal capacity : 0,75L)
- By train : SNCF Saint Gervais les Bains le Fayet train station then the touristic Mont Blanc Express TER to Chamonix. Timetable and prices on : www.voyages-sncf.com
- By road : A40 "Autoroute Blanche" to Chamonix
- In the end of the afternoon in Chamonix (74)
- Le CAF du Tour starting from the end of March (http://chaletdutour.ffcam.fr/), half-board from 42€. Véronique prepares everything herself with organic products. It is our favorite lodge for small budget (20min drive from Chamonix).
- L’hôtel des Campanules (www.hotel-campanules.com), night from 49€. This hotel is easily accessible thanks to the train station of Les Houches. Accommodation near the city center of Chamonix
- Gîte le Chamoniard Volant (http://www.chamoniard.com/), night from 20€.
- L’hôtel du Prieuré*** (www.prieurechamonix.com/fr/index.php)
- L’hôtel Héliopic**** ( www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com)
- Le Gustavia*** (http://www.hotelgustavia.eu/): in front of the central train station of Chamonix.
Budget & exchange
- An avalanche transceiver
- A harness and a carabiner
- Mountain shoes
- Ice axe
- Alpine skis + poles
- Ski shoes
- Up to 90 days visit in France : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France.
- Over 90 days visit in France : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.